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Hunter tosses six-hitter as Rangers take Game 1

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers rookie Tommy Hunter had fun during a long rain delay. Then he got down to business.

Hunter threw a six-hitter for his first complete game and the Rangers hit three homers to beat the Seattle Mariners 7-2 in the rain-delayed opener of a doubleheader Sunday.

Rain that pelted the area for the past four days caused the game to begin 4 hours, 31 minutes after the originally scheduled start time of 12:35 p.m. It was a makeup of Friday night's rainout.

 Game 2: Mariners 5, Rangers 0

Hunter arrived at the ballpark at 8:45 a.m., and spent the downtime playing cards, pingpong and video games, including Ken Griffey Jr. Slugfest.

Griffey went 0 for 4 in the game.

"We just tried to waste time," Hunter said. "Everybody's a little kid in there, jumping around and having fun."

Hunter (8-3) struck out three and walked one in his 15th big league start, polishing off his first professional complete game with 102 pitches.

"Something you want to do. Something you need to go out and get done," Hunter said. "Just being able to get the ball down helped me out today. Keeping the ball down, especially in this ballpark, is key."

Chris Davis, David Murphy and Nelson Cruz connected for the Rangers, who began the day three games behind Boston for the AL wild card. The Red Sox swept a doubleheader from slumping Tampa Bay at Fenway Park.

Ichiro Suzuki doubled in four at-bats, leaving him one hit shy of setting a major league record with his ninth straight 200-hit season. In the second inning of the nightcap, he accomplished the feat with an infield single.

Texas, which has won eight of 11, was playing its third doubleheader this month due to rainouts.

"From the first pitch of the game we were ready," manager Ron Washington said. "We went out there and put a solid ballgame together."

Esteban German had two doubles and reached base three times for Texas.

Suzuki knocked in Seattle's first run with a third-inning double off Hunter that pulled the Mariners to 2-1.

Seattle rookie Doug Fister (2-2) gave up five runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. It was his seventh major league start.

Marlon Byrd's RBI groundout in the first and Davis' solo homer in the second gave Texas a 2-0 lead.

In the fourth, German's run-scoring double and Julio Borbon's RBI single pushed the advantage to 4-1. Murphy's solo drive in the fifth, Elvis Andrus' sacrifice fly in the sixth and Cruz's solo homer in the seventh made it 7-1.

Fister said marking time in the clubhouse for more than 4 hours before taking the mound should not have been a distraction, but he had his shortest major league start.

"That shouldn't be a factor," Fister said. "That doesn't play into going out and performing. Today I struggled to keep the ball in the right location and it showed. The key is keeping the ball down. When it doesn't happen, I get results like this."

The Rangers are still missing two All-Stars: outfielder Josh Hamilton and third baseman Michael Young. Hamilton has missed the last eight games with a pinched nerve in his back and Young has sat out the past nine with a strained left hamstring.

Both could return for this weekend's series against the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels.

Seattle has lost six of seven.

Notes

  • The Rangers are 10-5 against the Mariners this season and 25-14 against the AL West.
  • With a first-inning infield single, Andrus extended his hitting streak to 14 games, longest by an AL rookie this season.
  • Struggling Rangers RHP Kevin Millwood had a pregame bullpen session in an attempt to sort out some mechanical issues following another disappointing start Saturday night. Washington said Millwood is still set to take his regular turn in the rotation Friday night against the Angels. Millwood pitched only 3 2/3 innings Friday in an 8-3 loss to Seattle, his shortest outing this season. He has lasted less than six innings in five of his past six starts.
 
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Rookie Tommy Hunter throws his first career complete game in his 15th big league start.  (AP)
Rookie Tommy Hunter throws his first career complete game in his 15th big league start. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

T. Hunter
IP 9.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 1
K 3
Seattle

A. Beltre
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4011002 .354
Franklin Gutierrez, CF4000001 .277
Jose Lopez, 2B4110000 .271
Ken Griffey Jr., DH4000011 .219
Adrian Beltre, 3B4021000 .263
Jack Hannahan, 1B4010012 .218
Kenji Johjima, C4000003 .245
Ryan Langerhans, LF2100112 .206
Jack Wilson, SS3010001 .254
Totals3326213  
Batting
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (29, Hunter)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (39), Adrian Beltre (35)
2-OUT RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (20)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Beltre-J. Lopez-Hannahan
E - Adrian Beltre (12, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Doug Fister (L,2-2) 4.21055112 3.53
Jason Vargas 3.1222021 5.01
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Fister 101-65, Jason Vargas 42-28
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 6-7, Jason Vargas 3-5
Batters Faced - Doug Fister 25, Jason Vargas 12
Texas Rangers
Julio Borbon, LF4011011 .313
Elvis Andrus, SS3111001 .277
Ian Kinsler, 2B4010001 .258
Marlon Byrd, CF4001000 .287
David Murphy, DH4121011 .270
Nelson Cruz, RF4121002 .271
Ivan Rodriguez, C4120001 .256
Chris Davis, 1B4111012 .217
Esteban German, 3B3221100 .323
Totals34712713  
Batting
2B - Ian Kinsler (28, Fister), Ivan Rodriguez (23, Fister), Esteban German 2 (3, Fister, Vargas)
HR - David Murphy (15, Fister), Nelson Cruz (32, Vargas), Chris Davis (19, Fister)
SF - Elvis Andrus (3)
SH - Julio Borbon (3)
RBI - Julio Borbon (14), Elvis Andrus (33), Marlon Byrd (77), David Murphy (45), Nelson Cruz (71), Chris Davis (49), Esteban German (4)
2-OUT RBI - Nelson Cruz (29), Chris Davis (21)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Julio Borbon (3, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Tommy Hunter (W,8-3) 9621130 3.23
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hunter 102-68
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hunter 11-13
Batters Faced - Tommy Hunter 34
Game Information
Attendance - 0
Game Time - 2:18
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Dan Bellino